Rescue of the Helena Survivors in World War II: A Tale of Incredible Courage

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New Arrivals. Domagalski September 30, One hundred and sixty-eight sailors went down with the ship, many never surviving the initial torpedo hits. Two destroyers plucked more than seven hundred from the sea in a night rescue operation as the battle continued to rage. A third group of survivors, spread over a wide area, was missed entirely. Clinging to life rafts or debris, the weary men were pushed away from the area of the sinking by a strong current. After enduring days at sea under the hot tropical sun, they finally found land. It was, however, the Japanese-held island of Vella Lavella, deep behind the front lines.

Living a meager existence, the group evaded the Japanese for eight days until the U. Navy evacuated the shipwrecked sailors in a daring rescue operation. Using a wide variety of sources, including previously unpublished firsthand accounts, John J. Domagalski brings to life this amazing, little-known story from World War II.

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Hunt and Kill: U and the Battle of the Atlantic. Theodore Savas. The top secret seizure of this massive Type IX submarine provided the Allies with priceless information on German technology and innovation. After the war U was transported to Chicago, where today 1,, visitors a year pass through her at the Museum of Science and Industry. Hunt and Kill offers the first definitive study of U The chapters cover her construction, crew and commanders, combat history, general Type IX operations, naval intelligence, the eight fatal German mistakes that doomed the boat, and her capture, transportation, and restoration for posterity.

John Peterson. In the autumn of the Second World War was coming to an end. In the Atlantic the U-boats had been beaten back through a massive programme of Allied shipbuildings combined with tactical, technological and intelligence improvements. The threat to Allied shipping had diminished. But it had not disappeared, and a lone U-boat on its first active patrol slipped into the North Channel; in just a few days five ships lay broken on the seabed including the Empire Heritage, one of the largest Allied ships lost in the entire war.

Also lost was a rescue ship attacked while she was trying to rescue survivors from the Empire Heritage, the Jacksonville, an American tanker sailing out of New York, and a RN corvette sent to hunt the U-boat down.

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Many of those lost burned to death in the sea. In a little over a week U sank five ships from three different convoys.

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In 'Darkest Before Dawn' John Peterson presents the story for the first time of how U managed to slip undetected into the busy shipping lanes of the North Channel and carry out the last great U-boat patrol of the war. It is the story of the attack, the aftermath and the men involved, including the aristocratic U-boat commander von Matushka, who earlier witnessed the Bismarck sink HMS Hood.

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Mobile, rail and towed artillery are all considered in this fascinating compilation. This book is part of the 'Hitler's War Machine' series, a new military history range compiled and edited by Emmy Award winning author and historian Bob Carruthers. Inkijkexemplaar Bekijk video. Ebooks lezen is heel makkelijk. Na aankoop zijn ze direct beschikbaar op je Kobo e-reader en op je smartphone of tablet met de gratis bol.

Auteur: Michael Sturma. On August 13, , the submarine struck a mine and sank to the bottom of the Sulu Sea in less than one minute, leaving only fourteen of its crew of eighty-six hands alive.

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After enduring eighteen hours in the water, eight remaining survivors swam to a remote island controlled by the Japanese. Deep behind enemy lines and without food or drinking water, the crewmen realized that their struggle for survival had just begun. On its first war patrol, the unlucky Flier made it from Pearl Harbor to Midway where it ran aground on a reef.

After extensive repairs and a formal military inquiry, the Flier set out once again, this time completing a distinguished patrol from Pearl Harbor to Fremantle, Western Australia. Though the Flier's next mission would be its final one, that mission is important for several reasons: the story of the Flier's sinking illuminates the nature of World War II underwater warfare and naval protocol and demonstrates the high degree of cooperation that existed among submariners, coast watchers, and guerrillas in the Philippines.

The eight sailors who survived the disaster became the first Americans of the Pacific war to escape from a sunken submarine and return safely to the United States.

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Their story of persistence and survival has all the elements of a classic World War II tale: sudden disaster, physical deprivation, a ruthless enemy, and a dramatic escape from behind enemy lines. Toon meer Toon minder. Recensie s [B]y telling this story, and telling it well, Sturma has genuinely contributed to the history of the submarine war in the Pacific and solidified his standing as the leading academic historian of U. The amazing aftermath is particularly well described in considerable detail. A fascinating story.

I highly recommend this work to naval history scholars and to those who are interested in learning more about the intricacies of how modern navies actually work. The Flier's story has most of the elements of a classic adventure: impending fate, sudden disaster, escape, deprivation, rescue, recrimination, and remaining mystery. The author It adds to what we know of Australian involvement in the American submarine operations and of their contribution to Japan's eventual defeat. The production values are superior, and the notes and bibliography are important guides for further inquiry.

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Sturma tells an engrossing story of courage, suffering and survival. The work is a worthy contribution to World War II history in general and to scholarship on the submarine service in particular. Navy submarine warfare. The important story of the hellish explosion of a Japanese mine against the American submarine Flier is the crucial incident in this insightful account.